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1743]                   To Horace Mann                     399
hand in it, has made Sandys, as I told you, a lord and Cofferer! Lord Middlesex is one of the new Treasury, not ambassador as you heard. So the Opera-house and White's have contributed a Commissioner and a. Secretary to the Treasury1, as their quota to the government. It is a period to make a figure in history.
There is a recess of both Houses for a fortnight; and we are to meet again, with all the quotations and flowers that the young orators can collect and forcibly apply to the Hanoverians; with all the malice which the disappointed old have hoarded against Carteret, and with all the impudence his defenders can sell him: and when all that is vented—what then ?—why then, things will be just where they were.
General Wade is made Field Marshal, and is to have the command of the army, as it is supposed, on the King's not going abroad; but that is not declared. The French preparations go on with much more vigour than ours ; they not having a House of Commons to combat all the winter; a campaign that necessarily engages all the attention of ministers, who have no great variety of apartments in their understandings,
1  have paid your brother the bill I received from you, and give you a thousand thanks for all the trouble you have had; most particularly from the plague of hams3, from which you have saved me.   Jesus! how blank I should have looked at unpacking a great case of bacon and wine ! My dear child, be my friend, and preserve me from heroic presents.    I cannot possibly at this distance begin a new courtship of regali; for I suppose all those hams were to be  converted into watches and toys.    Now it would suit Sir  Paul Methuen very well, who is a knight-errant at
LETTER 137.—1 John Jeffries. Wai- send Mr. W. a present of hams and pole.                                                        Florence wine. Walpole.
2  Madame Grifoni was going to